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SOMERSET TO SEEK JUDICIAL REVIEW ON COMMISSION PLANS

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Somerset CC has announced it is to seek leave for a judicial review over the recommended new structure for Somerset...
Somerset CC has announced it is to seek leave for a judicial review over the recommended new structure for Somerset local government produced by the Local Government Commission on 20 December 1993.

The recommendation, says Somerset, is that the present county council and districts be abolished and that these should be replaced by three new unitary councils.

One would serve the area of the present Taunton Deane and West Somerset with a population of 125,000. The second would serve Sedgemoor and the westen half of Mendip with a population of 140,000 members. The third would serve south Somerset and the eastern half of Mendip with a population of 195,000.

The county says this plan does not match community identity, does not meet the criteria for effective local government, is not cost effective and does not match the wishes of the public.
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